China Defends Its Veto Of UN Measure On Syria

Published February 6, 2012 8:09AM (EST)

BEIJING (AP) — China says it was forced to veto a United Nations vote on Syria because it was called before differences in the proposal were bridged but says it wants to play a constructive role in ending violence there.

China and Russia have drawn the wrath of the United States and Europe for the weekend veto, which they say blocked a U.N. attempt to end nearly 11 months of bloodshed, raising fears that the violence will escalate.

China says the resolution put undue emphasis on pressuring the Syrian government and prejudged the result of any dialogue between the parties in Syria.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Monday that he had no information on whether China plans to send an envoy to Syria as Russia is doing.

By Salon Staff

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